Here is former attorney general John Ashcroft on why telecommunications companies should pay no penalty for breaking the law when people like him ask them to:
At the outset, it is critical to understand what the immunity provisions the administration and Congress have negotiated actually do. This is not “blanket immunity,” as it is sometimes caricatured by its opponents. The Senate bill would confer immunity in only two limited circumstances: if the carrier did not do what the plaintiffs claim; or if the carrier did do what the plaintiffs claim but based on explicit assurances from the highest levels of the government that the activities in question were authorized by the president and determined to be lawful.
And here is Hermann Göring’s defense attorney, Otto Stahmer, arguing that the activities in question … Oh, forget it.